Early European fairytales in their original forms are very gruesome stories for children to take in, and even most of the recent mainstream offerings have attempted to focus on them in more light-hearted variations. Some parents question how healthy or unhealthy the gender roles in older tales are for the developing psyche of their children.
It's the sort of debate that definitely attracts passionate proponents on either side of the fence, but if you think the grass is greener in a medialand where archetypes are weighed and proven psychologically sound, you'll want to try a new breed of children's books for the budding minds in your household.
Planting The Trees Of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai
by Clair A. Nivola
This book tells the story of Wangari Maathai, the inventor of the GreenBelt movement designed to enrich and uplift the citizens of her home in Kenya. The GreenBelt movement places a healthy emphasis on the well-being of women, providing food for thought and discussions that are very empowering to both young girls and boys in need of healthy media.
by Jonathan Frost
Gowanus Dogs focuses on the relationship between a homeless man and a family of homeless canines by the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. Introducing young readers to the reality of homelessness but through a gentler lens, the story shows a family of puppies and their mother living in an industrial mixing tank in an unfortunate symmetry to a homeless man living in a cardboard box. What ensues when the canines and man connect are acts of heart-lighting kindness with a very happy ending. This book comes recommmended.
Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story
by Linda Glaser
Garbage Helps Our Gardens Grow isn't a long story, but it is an excellent composting primer with bright, boisterous images of happy composters for the greenlings in your life. It's best for readers aged three to seven, making it ideal for offering green etheric seeds to the young high-vibrating eco-force of the future-now. Families with green children will be pleased.
That's Why We Don't Eat Animals
by Ruby Roth
Ruby Roth's book draws a gentle but firm correlation between the feelings most people can certainly acknowledge in house pets and the identical capacity for emotions intrinsic to farm animals. The illustrations are magnificent, drawn softly and possessing a beingness. Some parents find the reality in the book a tad much for very young children, but parents who are able to have open discussions with their children may not be deterred by the questions this book may raise about how animals are treated in the commercial food industry. It's an excellent resource for green children who want to see their lifestyle reflected in children's books as well.
The Garbage Barge
by Jonah Winter
The Garbage Barge magnificently relays the problems associated with finding the proper place for mounds of garbage. A fictionalized telling of a tugboat dragging garbage that Islip, New York had no place for in 1987, the story replays the rejections the tugboat experiences when it sails South in hopes of a place that will take the trash off its hands. Turned away by North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Mexico, and Belize, a Brooklyn judge finally orders some of the garbage incinerated and the remaining portion added to a landfill. With very creatively rendered images and a tale that makes clear the importance of green living, balanced consumption, and sustainable/reusable/upcycled packaging, The Garbage Barge is a must-read for the shelf of any family nurturing green children regularly with healthy media.
These offerings only scratch the surface of what's out there. As especially dazzling books with healthy media are discovered, I will aim to spread word about them. Look for a part two in the future-now as there's bound to be one with all of the diligent media work being put in by society's finest high-vibrating crowns.